I like this book well writing. the story of No Kum Sok. was fascinating.
A fantastic story of two contrasting lives. The book is hard to put down and it is really hard not to become emotionally attached to No Kum-Sok. Highly recommended for anyone looking to read about the rise of the Kim family backdropped with No's desire to leave it.
A fine read.
A very readable account of North Korea's descent into what it is today. It is told in a narrative that juxtaposes the rise of the Kims and a NK fighter pilot who escaped in his planer to South Korea and eventually to the USA at the end of the Korean War. Rather insightful as I didn't know much about NK and now that I know a bit more, the state of the country and the treatment of it's people horrifies me even more.
Just like I never thought I'd be interested in Olympic rowing before reading The Boys in the Boat, I couldn't have imagined being particularly interested in the history of jet fighters before reading this title. The fact that I couldn't put this book down is a testament not just to this fascinating story and uncovered history, but also to the authors writing. Operation Moolah?! Whaaaat?!
The tones in which Harden writes his not-so-parallel biographies put me off. "The Great Leader" is a comic book villain. The fighter pilot, who should have told his story in his own words, seems a cunning opportunist, not the hero Harden sees.
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